How can a player like Jacob deGrom be included on an underrated fantasy baseball players list? The back-to-back Cy Young award winner currently ranks as a surefire first-round pick and a staple of many manager’s rosters. However, there is good reason to believe that the superstar should be considered much higher than his ADP.
Crosstown Yankee’s ace Gerrit Cole currently has a slight edge over deGrom as the best pitching option in fantasy. However, the two are extremely close in overall value. While Cole’s strikeout history and potential for wins are enough to give him a small advantage, he does face the challenge of adapting to shorter porches in his new Yankees’ Stadium home. Considering deGrom’s recent track record, it is certainly reasonable for him to be the first pitcher off the board.
The Mets’ ace is one of the rare players with a sky-high ceiling and a very high floor. deGrom has proven that he is capable of dominating the game. An injury is the only thing that would keep him out of the top rankings.
While some managers specifically target a star hitter with their first-round pick, I believe firmly in the value of having a true ace. While I personally believe that deGrom would be a worthy gamble as early as the first overall pick, it would be admittedly difficult to pass on any trio of top three hitters (Mike Trout, Ronald Acuna, and Christian Yelich).
If you’re looking to lock up your rotation centerpiece, don’t be afraid to snag deGrom at any point in the first round.